Today marks my 22nd day being on the Whole30 Challenge.
With only 8 days left, I almost feel compelled to pat myself on the back for making it thru this far. I almost want to brag that it “wasn’t that bad” nor was it as hard as I thought it’d be. However, even though I’ve remained dedicated to the food plan, I gradually saw myself having a major break up with food in general. Some of my fondest, deepest and even lowest memories involved food.
However, I’ve already made up my mind that I don’t want to go back to the same bad habits once my 30 days are finished.
Therefore, I’m breaking up with a few of my worst food habits and starting a new relationship.
- #1. Celebrating with Food. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome with food is the emotional attachment I have with it. It’s no surprise that I’m used to celebrating happy occasions with food. Food can bring up fond memories of joyous celebrations and quality time I’ve spent with loved ones. On the other hand, it can also bring up feelings of comfort during rough times. Whatever the situation, the more I can disassociate my emotions from the foods I eat, the better my food choices will be.
- #2. No more dates with the Sugar Dragon. Sugar was running my life. By far the biggest side effect during the Whole30 Challenge was the dreaded Carb Flu which only made me realize how bad my sugar and carb addiction was. After learning to recognize my sugar cravings, I started to understand that many times in life when I “assumed” I was hungry …really it was just my “Sugar Dragon” rearing its ugly head
- #3. Making Friends with Fats. At one point in my life, I tried a diet that made me count calories. When I approached the Coconut oil or Avocados I would shy away because of the amount of calories in them. I now realize that was actually the wrong approach to take, especially as an athlete. Fats are actually better for energy and for keeping me satiated. Read more about this here ““Top 7 Most Common Reactions to Your High-Fat Diet (and How to Respond)“
- #4. Yes, (insert name of food you thought you couldn’t live without)…I CAN live without you. There are foods than you truly CAN live without. When I first started, I told myself it’s only 30 days. In 30 days, I’ll be able eat whatever I want again (namely legumes and grains). Now that I don’t have them in my diet, I don’t see the need for them based on how good my body has felt. Indeed there is the 85:15 rule which allows the occasional “non-Paleo” meal after my 30 day challenge is over. Even so, I still don’t think I will be incorporating these foods in my diet as much as I once did.
- #5. Reward your body with GOOD FOOD and it will reward you with GOOD LIVING. Whole30 asked me to do mainly one thing during these last 30 days: EAT. GOOD. FOOD. No calorie counting, no stepping on the weight scale and no cheat meals. In the end, my body has felt great, I’m sleeping better and physically I’m getting stronger in my workouts with CrossFit Salus. I also have more energy to do what I want, specifically tasks and projects that have been lingering the past few months.
Overall,the last 3 weeks have confirmed my belief that my body is truly a temple and if you take care of it, it will take care of you. I encourage anyone looking for a reset to their body or even an opportunity to “break-up” with food themselves to take the Whole30 Challenge. For more reading, check out It Starts With Food today.